J. Craig Venter Institute

The J. Craig Venter Institute is a 45,000 square-foot lab and office building is constructed on a 1.75 acre campus site just north of San Diego. The three-story building, with a rooftop covered in photovoltaics, is the first Net Zero lab in the United States. The lab and office wings are separated by a large open courtyard t which delivers daylight throughout the interior of the building. Extensive daylight study and modeling performed at the PG & E lab in San Francisco led to a design resulting in true daylight autonomy, reducing the need for electric lighting use during the day. Digital addressable controls allow users to maximize visual comfort and optimize energy savings throughout the year. LED sources in the underground parking garage reduce energy usage by over 50% compared to stringent Title24 requirements.

Electric Lighting & Daylighting Design: David Nelson & Associates, LLC
Architect: Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects, LLP
Project Location: La Jolla, CA
Project Size: 45,000 square feet
Year Project Completed: 2014
Owner: J. Craig Venter Institute
Photography: Hedrich Blessing Photographers